OK, here is my crappy attempt at instructions. You will need:
--any flat image, candy wrappers, magazine clippings, etc
--clear packing tape
1. Make a shape for the bag, I imitated a nine west bag I have. I think the angled shape makes it look a little more professional. I cut out a pattern to use as a guide.
2. Make sheets for the sides. They need to be about 2 inches bigger length and width than the pattern. Cover the back of your images with duct tape, a couple layers if your duct tape is flimsy. Then cover the front with laminating sheets or clear packing tape.
3. Put the pattern on top of the sheets and crease. Duct tape doesn't crease really well, so I used the handle of my scissors to press down and make a crease.
This is my skittles sheet, with the bags inbetween duct tape and clear packing tape:
This is the other steps:
4. Then comes the hardest part, taping together the sides. Cut out the corners of the sheets (shown by "x" in the next photo) I make the bag to be the width of the tape (I think 2") just because it's easy. Start taping on one edge with clear tape and move around the bag taping more. It's hard to keep the width consistent--this takes experience.
Starting the taping:
More taping, sometimes I use a large book to keep the two sides the right length apart:
What it looks like with the sides taped together with clear tape:
5. Wherever you just put clear tape, cover it in duct tape. This is easiest to do with 3 pieces of tape for the bottom and sides. It's hard getting the tape to be in the right place on the inside of the bag!
6. Make one or more handles. I made the skinny handles by folding the tape in thirds. Some bags I had thicker handles with just 2 pieces of tape stuck together. Staple the handles onto the bag
7. For this bag, I made a little closure thing. In this picture, the pink is one layer of tape, so that it's still sticky. The red is tape stuck to itself. The white is velcro. Even with sticky velcro, I still staple it on. Not much reaaally sticks to duct tape. If you don't like the look of the staples, cover them with more tape! The placement of this closure thingy can be best observed in the photos of finished bags
8. Then, cover all ugly stapley and plain tape areas with colored tape where you want! You can see where I did this in the final photos.
--I use scissors to cut open all of my bags and candy wrappers now to preserve them!
--I taped the ramen bags together temporarily with scotch tape while I was putting on the duct tape.
--Lay the clear tape on starting at one end so there will be fewer bubbles
--staples are sweet and can be covered over with tape
--when picking candy, think about the size of the image compared to the size of your bag. I used king size skittles because the regular bags wouldn't have been wide enough and I would need to have like 2 inches of another bag.
Also, Ramen is a brand of asian microwave noodles that are INSANELY popular among american college students. In fact, I am eating some right now!